Liquefied petroleum gas, known as LPG, is commonly used outdoors, such as for camping equipment, BBQ's and patio heaters. It is also used inside dwellings such as caravans, cabins, boats and rural homes. If you rent out your dwelling - even for a short term - you are classed as a landlord and therefore have legal duties when it comes to gas safety.
Using fixed appliances
All fixed LPG gas appliances should be regularly serviced and safety checked every year by a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer. You should check your engineer is qualified to work on your property type, as well as qualified to work on the individual appliance.
For example, if you have an LPG cooker on your boat, the engineer will need to be registered to work on: boats, cookers and LPG.
When buying a new or replacement gas appliance you should check that it is suitable for its intended location (e.g. in a caravan) and the type of gas that will be used (i.e. LPG or natural gas). It must be installed by a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer.
We highly recommend you install an audible carbon monoxide alarm. Carbon monoxide (CO) is an extremely poisonous gas, which can kill quickly and with no warning, as you cannot see, smell or taste it.
Using portable appliances
If you are using a portable appliance with an integral gas canister make sure you:
- Check the equipment’s condition before each use. If the gas canister seal looks damaged, or if the gas canister is extremely rusty and deteriorated, or shows any signs of distress, do not use it.
- Familiarise yourself with the operating instructions before use.
- Ensure that you have the correct type of gas canister for your appliance and that it is being inserted in the correct position and in the right way.
- Do not force the gas canister retaining lever into position. It could damage the mechanical linkage and the pressure relief device.
- Do not attempt to light the appliance if you are having problems with the lever, or if you smell or hear gas escaping. Call a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer to check it is safe.
- On a boat, stow the canisters, used or unused and the stove if it has a canister inserted, in a self-draining gas locker, or on an open deck where any escaping gas can flow overboard.
Using gas cylinders
- Install a gas detection system, if possible.
- Keep the area well ventilated when in use, to avoid a build-up of poisonous carbon monoxide.
- When you have finished with the appliance, turn off the gas cylinder before you turn off the appliance's controls - this means that any gas in the hose and pipework will be used up.
- When changing cylinders make sure all cylinder valves and/or gas taps are turned off before disconnecting. Only change a cylinder in open air.
- Do not over-tighten joints.
- Return used cylinders to your supplier. Do not throw them away. If you are unsure what to do consult the UKLPG website or your nearest stockist.
- On a boat, regularly hand-pump bilges (the enclosed areas at the inner bottom of the hull) to remove potential low-lying vapours.
- Only use rubber hoses marked BS 3212 or stainless steel convoluted hoses marked EN10380.
- If connecting directly to a cylinder or if the outlet pressure of the regulator exceeds 50 mbar use a hose marked ‘High Pressure LPG’.
- Ensure the length of the hose is as short as practically possible, but long enough that they are not pulled tight.
- Replace any hose that is damaged or shows signs of wear, stiffness, soft spots or cracking.
- Keep hoses clear from hot surfaces.
Want to find out more information about LPG? Here you will find useful links to UKLPG - the trade association for the LPG industry, LPG suppliers and who to contact in an LPG emergency.